Christmas traditions, dishes and how to present them

I am a Christian. I do not know how much of a believer but a Christian in terms of traditions. I was raised in Romania in a mixed Hungarian-Romanian family with many customs that did not fit one norm but rather straddled the two cultures.  Food tradition, like in any celebration everywhere in the world,…

Blue Fall – say what?

Everything in moderation as long as it has a little bit of blue, have you not heard the saying? Well.. if you didn’t, you do now. It is irrelevant if it exists or not because it should! With 2023 just around the corner, you better get your blues straight and get ready to spice up…

A much needed lifestyle trend change for Fall: social-islands and the fight against loneliness

When Malinowski coined the ubiquitous term in the 1920s, nuclear families had been at the root of most societies for more than 500 years; yet that was not always the case. In history, we see other constructs that have been much more successful in delivering a wide range of impressive lifestyle benefits as, both, precursors…

What I feel is who I am – Nature, the Renaissance and the future of colour, part 2

Colour and stories are interrelated. They are two forms of life that surround us, and because of that, they have tremendous importance to how we perceive space. It may not be the most immediate association, but as you think they do not belong together and we have nothing to learn from combining the two into…

3 Lifestyle Trends for Summer: confidence, self-care and incompleteness syndrome

My top 3 picks for this spring: Confidence at ease gets everyone smitten, Bite-size home self-care democratizes design, and incompleteness syndrome turns into a positive mantra Incompleteness syndrome turns into a positive mantra Most things in our lives are on the go. Seldom can we see a chapter fully closed and when we do, that…

Beautiful Ukraine, Kiev, art, and the sheer pleasure of being

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace A humanist at heart, it is hard to imagine what he would’ve thought if he had lived today. Dismayed by the lack of records documenting Russian domestic life at the time, his majestic novel is filled with vivid…

Over the top hotels and Blue Zone lifestyle, two major trends for this Spring

Needless to say, they both have to do with leisure, health and wellbeing. At some point enough is enough and one has to admit that this is the world we live in. While risks have changed, life must go on and, with adjusted responsibility and awareness, we should continue to travel and explore this beautiful…

The No.1 lifestyle trend to pop open the New Year: 2022 and the sophisticated luxuries of the everyday

RE-SHAPE YOUR LIFE from what you do, to where and how you live, to who you spend your time with. This is the overarching trend that will take center stage in 2022. It is not a generalization. It is an expression of a widespread need for total life revamp. At first sight, this does not…

Health above all else and a look at how the three toughest 2021 trends shaped my design ideas

Health above all else is what shaped pretty much everything this past year. As much as this is a fact at any point in life for anyone and in every century, this year we’ve been globally reminded of our own mortality. The solidarity that ensued, even with its systemic flaws here and there, stood proof…

How to make most out of your morning ritual when you share the bathroom with your partner, part 2

Sharing a bathroom with a partner does take some work. So how does one make the most of a shared one? If you find yourself in this situation, here is the best way to set it up or, renovate. Two sinks are a must They not only allow to use yours at any time as…

What we had in the hut and lost when we moved to the palace

When we all lived in the hut all things were, apparently, simpler. Rooms were multi-functional, less to clean, less to maintain. There was no need to show off since everyone had a hut and nobody was either on the streets, nor in a palace. Leaders that presumably had bigger huts were not questioned, nor envied…

Blue is the new black and 10 things to do with it

If you have not seen it yet, look again. Blue has entered the market and is here to stay for a bit longer.   Unlike the stark black, elegant, yes, but unforgiving to dust and fingerprints, blue offers a surprise – especially the darker one.   Together with green, blue is one of the colours…